They have practically every type of class you could think of to prepare you for college. They have a wide variety of classes and majors to suit anyone's needs. Each student is provided a laptop for their learning. They use this laptop for school work, home work, reading class books (so they do not have to carry bulky books throughout the hallway), and all activity is done on these laptops. They are monitored so the school would know if they were on the correct sites. They are blocked from using any inappropriate sites. They keep this laptop and bring it home. It is their own personal laptop. They have almost every type of extra curricular activity, group, or club that you could imagine. They have various foreign languages and exchange programs to travel abroad. They have staff that are very accepting, patient, and willing to help anyone whenever they are in need of it. No bullying is really enforced here, its not just a slogan or the "pc thing to do". It has a variety of ethnicity, races, cultures, and economic levels making it well balanced so the kids have an understanding of how to work with everyone in society. They have a program that works with the drivers ed program, the school is balanced well with teacher to student ratio.
This is one of the best high schools I have seen and I have seen a lot of them. Very proud of it. You will be too!
ORHS is a really terrible place to attend if your are not some genius in the math/science fields, athlete, or moved from another school system in the area. Although it is one of the better school systems around (the only reason I give it 2 stars)the work load and how picky they grade is ridiculous. Secondly, ORHS pays WAY too much attention to sports and cuts out programs that would be add fun to my high school experience. The athletes at school also get a special treatment. Also, I know people that have moved here from surrounding areas and have failed about or all their classes. I feel like as if they do not care about if you are learning the material and only if you pass or fail. Almost forgot the biggest thing: ORHS pays too much attention to math and science. They basically think that if you're not good at both, you will not succeed in life. Additionally, 98% of the kids there are total snobs, clones, and act so fake. STAY AWAY FROM OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL!
Oak Ridge High School ranks not only as one of the best high schools in the state of Tennessee, but also in the United States. With progressive class options and a huge selection of AP and Gifted options, the school produces some of the best test scoress in the nation. Oak Ridge hires the best teachers, and in turn has a pay rate higher than 95% of area schools. The principal is a caring, dedicated person and has a great variety of accomplishments. My own child attends ORHS and as a Sophmore is able to take College level classes. In 2011-2012, two seniors at ORHS won the national Seimens contest and $100,000. For a competative child, Oak Ridge is great and produces the type of learining enviroment that all school systems strive to acheive. Oak Ridge also has phenominal programs for those struggling in classes. I reccommend this School to EVERYONE. With a recent rennovation, ORHS has expanded and even has a huge workshop for engineering and also has programs at the National Laboratory, the reason that the city of Oak Ridge exists. Given the opportunity, missing out on ORHS would be the worst mistake a parent could make.
I love the Oak Ridge School System. I am currently in college and have recently graduated from ORHS. I have grown up in the Oak Ridge School System. The teachers are wonderful. Granted there are some terrible teachers that I have had to put up with, but the AP teachers are great!! Most of the teachers in the system try to do all they can to help a student succeed. We have wonderful AP programs and career readiness programs. I went through the clinical program which gave me great experience towards a health care career. The teachers prepare you for college to the extent that college is extremely easy because of the way the teachers intensify your learning in high school. I was in honors and AP classes and I learned so much and was well prepared for college. I recommend this school system 100%.
I really dislike this school, a majority of the teachers rather see their students pass than fail, the science and math department are horrible, and if you aren't brilliant, you don't shine at this school. It's really hard to fit in, everything is so cliche-ish. I honestly wish I could go to another school, you have basically been with the same people in school since preschool. If I knew someone was moving to the East TN area, I would make sure they steer clear from Oak Ridge and ORHS
My children are recent graduates of ORHS (2008 and 2011). They were what I would call conscientious and hard-working but probably average ability (for ORHS) high school students. My concern was that they would not benefit as much from the excellent academic programs at the high school as the many gifted students (e.g. in the past year 50 of 350 students scored 30 or higher on the ACT), but I was pleased to observe that they did benefit. There is a culture of excellence within the school and it gets imprinted on most of the students. My older child, who was average academically at ORHS, is consistently making the dean's list in college. She says that ORHS prepared her well for college. Socially, there are many extra-curricular clubs, sports teams and activities for student involvement. Oak Ridge and the Oak Ridge Schools are are probably the most ethnically diverse town and school system in East Tennessee, which is not saying that much. A significant proportion - maybe 15% - of the high school is non-white and many of the students are children of immigrants. This might appeal to some who would like their children to experience a less-homogeneous high school "demographic."
My daughter is a senior. She has a scholarship to William and Mary. Three of her classmates will be attending M.I.T. At least one other student will be at Harvard. Other schools I know of where Oak Ridge graduates will attend are: Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Duke, Stanford, and 2 service academies. I think all this speaks for itself.
This school rests on past glory, but has been in decline for a number of years. It has gone from one of the top 100 schools in national surveys to below average. The school has dedicated teachers but has endured years of constrained budgets and policy disputes between the principal, school administration and school board.